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As the founder and CEO of digital media investment bank Luma Partners LLC, Terence Kawaja is a problem solver by nature. But earlier this summer, as Kawaja watched his news feed, he found himself hearing about problems that left him at a loss. He read about the killing of George Floyd and police shootings of Breonna Taylor and, most recently, Jacob Blake—incidents Kawaja considered “horrific” and “unjustified”—and he watched as the Black Lives Matter movement mobilized in cities across the country, including his home city of New York.
Kawaja was behind BLM but was troubled by the inefficacy of expressing it merely by tweeting or hitting a “like” button.